On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.
This week I am thankful for:
- A pleasant and safe trip to Nanjing with two lovely friends. Though rain was predicted every day, we were never impeded by it. It poured in the middle of the night, but we just had some mist during the day. We also had great timing getting to sights before the crowds just about every day.
- The fast trains in China. They’re such a pleasant way to travel and beat air travel any day. )I can’t wait till the U.S. finally gets some as air travel has become just a series of hassles.) And for International Hostels as they’re such a friendly way to travel. Kristyn and I shared a room with some delightful Chinese women who shared suggestions on food and sights. A nice way to mingle with others.
- For the artist who painted the works below, which we saw at the Nanjing Art Museum.The museum didn’t have any English signs so I’m not sure of his name. I love art museums, they’re peaceful yet stimulating and just give one such a lift.
- For good patient travel companions. Travel can be confusing and exasperating – even in the best times. It was such a joy to travel with people who were patient and understanding, who didn’t complain and who sought to arrive at consensus when we planned our days and meals, etc.
- For the students who do their homework, participate in class and want to learn. I realize that the non-performers probably have some justification for rejecting learning such as undiagnosed learning disabilities or year after year of bad education. Then a lot of the so so students do the minimal. What I’m happy about are the students who aren’t the most gifted, but are the most conscientious and most hard working. They’ve had probably the same amount of bad educational experiences or almost the same amount. They probably aren’t so gifted that everything’s a breeze, yet they sometimes perform much better than their peers. Hats off to those who work hard and aim for high quality no matter what.